Friday, 9 September 2016

GQ: Why dads shouldn’t send their children to grammar schools

GQ: Why dads shouldn’t send their children to grammar schools

by Rupert Myers

All this means that the grammar school system exacerbates existing disadvantages. It’s like throwing life preservers 100m away from a group of swimmers – the fastest ones will grab them long before the weaker swimmers can. Poor children, who already face huge obstacles to academic success, are pushed further down by a system that focuses greater attainment on the disproportionately well off. This institutionalisation of disadvantage does not promote a state education system which provides equality of opportunity. Unlike public schools, in which parents can spend money while saving the state the cost of a place at a state school, grammar schools become a tool by which the state itself works to add a layer of advantage to existing advantage.


If May throws away caution on this issue, she will hand Labour an huge opportunity for electoral recovery.

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